The Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce has proudly offered Leadership Emporia Academy since 1989, and boasts more than 620 alumni from 33 classes. Although keeping a close eye on local COVID-19 trends, the 2021 LEA class will begin its journey on September 23.

In order to grow our communities, we must inspire others to embrace a collective purpose for the common good. Individuals, businesses, and organizations must adapt to the reality of what is happening around them in order to survive.  Leadership Emporia Academy gives participants the tools to address the adaptive issues they face, and the courage to make progress on what they most care about.

Future community leaders will learn through powerful experiences that provide conceptual frameworks, skills, and tools, tempered with a purposeful and collaborative leadership approach. Information and applications are available on the Chamber website at emporiakschamber.org/leadership-emporia-3/; the deadline is 5:00 p.m. August 13, 2021. Applications are confidentially evaluated, and class size is limited. Jeanine McKenna, Chamber President and CEO, encourages all who are interested to apply, and to contact her with questions or concerns about Leadership Emporia Academy.

The Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization of 350 area businesses that join forces to accomplish collectively what no one business could do individually. The mission of the Chamber is to be proactive in creating an environment for business and community success. The organization is currently focusing on Ignite Emporia initiatives of workforce development and housing; business advocacy and development; and leadership and membership development